The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The University that built the nation of Israel was founded on Mount Scopus in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Weizmann, and Martin Buber. Opened in 1925, The Hebrew University is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution.
Ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities, the University encourages multi-disciplinary activities in Israel and overseas and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications.
The Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational, and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual, and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.
Open to all persons without distinction of race, sex, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, the student body, totaling approximately 23,000 from Israel and 70 additional countries, reflects a broad cross-section of Israel’s populations – both native Israelis and young Jewish immigrants from all over the world.
The University’s seven academic faculties are in the Humanities, Science, Law, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Dental Medicine, and Medicine. Working at the highest level of scholarship and in a spirit of true collaboration, more than 150 University researchers have received the coveted Israel Prize for their outstanding contributions in a wide range of academic fields.
No single institution has achieved a greater influence on the leadership of Israel, both within and outside its borders. Since the inception of the Jewish state, The Hebrew University has educated four prime ministers and three presidents. Counted among University alumni are eight Nobel Laureates in science and economics, leading scholars and humanists, and many of the nation’s foremost professionals.
American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU)
AFHU is a United States based not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Through volunteer and professional leadership, AFHU provides financial resources from the United States in support of the academic, research and service programs of The Hebrew University. AFHU’s national and regional programs, events, and missions to Israel promote greater appreciation of The Hebrew University’s breadth and scope of achievements and the University’s pivotal role in educating leaders for the State of Israel.
AFHU has an independent National Board of Directors of committed volunteers from across the United States. The national office of AFHU is located in New York. In addition to the Western regional office, other regional offices are: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. Each region has its own Board dedicated to working to promote the activities of AFHU and The Hebrew University in their respective communities.
For more information: www.afhu.org
AFHU Western Region
The Western regional office is headquartered in Los Angeles and covers all California and the Southwestern states. The region has a committed and active 35-member Board. In FY 2015, the Western region raised $8.1 million and AFHU nationally raised $55 million. In addition to a number of smaller fundraising and educational events, the Western region hosts two major fundraising events a year that bring in approximately $1 million each.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Western Region, the Senior Development Executive will be a highly accomplished major gift fundraiser who is committed to the mission and future of AFHU. This position will require a wide-range of fundraising skills including: major gift cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of major gifts donors ($25,000+), foundation relations, fundraising event management, and planned giving. The Senior Development Executive will effectively identify and manage a major gift portfolio and establish a prospect solicitation pipeline across the region including an emphasis in the greater high desert region of Southern California. In addition to establishing and maintaining a personal portfolio of current and prospective donors, this position will also be charged with developing a planned giving program and foundation outreach program for the Western regional office. In concert with the Executive Director, the Senior Development Executive will also be responsible for identifying and cultivating lay leaders for leadership roles both regionally and nationally. As a key member of the West Coast development operation, the Senior Development Executive will also conceptualize new and exciting programs for outreach to expand the donor base.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
The Senior Development Executive will be an ambitious and motivated development professional who values a results-driven and highly-collaborative work environment. He/She will be able to establish strong, interpersonal relationships with academic leaders at The Hebrew University, donors and AFHU staff both regionally and nationally. The successful candidate will be innovative, tenacious and motivated to take on new challenges. Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively represent the organization’s development interests to both internal and external constituencies are required. Additionally, excellent written and oral communication skills are a necessity. The Senior Development Executive should have the ability to present a compelling and inspiring story that generates enthusiasm and support. Working in concert with the development team to achieve philanthropic goals and build a case for support on the West Coast, the Senior Development Executive must have a genuine interest in the mission of AFHU and The Hebrew University and be able to communication passionately about the University and the need for support.
The ability to balance a personal portfolio while also managing other projects is essential. A high level of integrity and initiative is required.
The Senior Development Executive will have at least seven years of successful fundraising experience within a Jewish communal, higher education or other nonprofit setting. Demonstrated success in identifying, qualifying, and soliciting major gifts from individuals and foundations is required. In addition to having significant experience with fundraising event management, experience with planned giving and foundation relations is preferred.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required; an advanced degree would be a plus.
The position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a letter of interest in confidence to:
Jay V. Berger, Ph.D. Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203
Telephone 818-507-1234 – Fax 818-507-4770
The American Friends of The Hebrew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.
Electronic submission is encouraged.